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Journalism (AA) Communications Studies Total Units: 21
Term Effective: Spring 2012

Description:

The Journalism major provides students with both theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in Journalism. Successful students will be capable of initiating careers as skilled, principled journalists or other media professionals. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division work in the field of Journalism, including at least one semester working on the student newspaper and website, The Oak Leaf.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion columns and critical reviews on deadline for both print and web publishing;
  2. use various media (i.e. audio, photography, video, html, blog platforms, social media) to create multimedia news and feature stories;
  3. explain the changing role of news media and information dissemination in American society and critically evaluate elements of effective journalism;
  4. exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of journalism ethics and media law to real-life newsroom situations;
  5. work effectively as a productive member of a college newspaper staff; and
  6. demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Journalism
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Journalism - complete 20.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
JOUR 1 Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 2 News Gathering & News Writing3.00
JOUR 52A Newspaper Practice 15.00
MEDIA 4 Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 59 Photojournalism3.00
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media3.00
ENGL 4A Beginning Creative Writing3.00
JOUR 52B Newspaper Practice 25.00
JOUR 52C Newspaper Practice 35.00
JOUR 54 Magazine Article Writing3.00
SPCH 1A Introduction to Public Speaking3.00
SPCH 3A Introduction to Argumentation3.00
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2012

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Notes:

You may substitute SPCH 9 for SPCH 3A for this major

SPCH 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation has ENGL 1A as a pre-requisite

MEDIA 4 will be replaced by JOUR 55 as a core requirement in the F2012 version of this major.

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